Saturday, November 4, 2017

Next Three Videos in Culture and the Realm of Actuality

We're continuing on through this rather long, but very interesting sub-section of the Phenomenology.  Right now, as I write this, Patreon supporters are actually about eight full videos ahead of what I've released publicly - so we'll have to remedy that in the coming weeks by releasing the videos I've produced a bit more quickly.

At any rate, with the addition of these three new videos we're now well into this section that focuses on the dynamic interplays between two main ethical forces - State Power and Wealth - and the two ways self-consciousness can orient itself in relation to those forces - the Noble and the Base Consciousnesses.

Here are those three new videos - more to come soon!

Lecture 204 - paragraphs 494-495
Lecture 205 - paragraphs 496-497
Lecture 206 - paragraphs 498-499

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Public Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion Later Today

We've got our monthly Q&A and Discussion online session coming up later on today - from 5-6 PM Central Time.  Everybody is welcome to log in and participate in the session! 

These online sessions - which I've been conducting for several years now - are one of the activities underwritten by the generous support of my Patreon backers

These are people who consider this Half Hour Hegel series project so valuable that they pledge a monetary amount of their choice for each video that I complete in the series.  Quite frankly, without their support, I would not be able to devote the time I do to each of the now more-than-200 videos in the series.

If you'd like to participate in the session today, you'll want to visit our ReasonIO Wall in  If you haven't used it before, you'll need to download a bit of software - but then you're in.  See you later on today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

First Three Videos in Culture and The World of Actuality

We are now moving into one of my favorite sections of the Phenomenology, "Culture and the Realm of Actuality" - where Hegel explores a dialectic, once again, between two ethical powers or principles, State Power and Wealth.  He will also introduce consciousness' own orientation towards these two actualizations of the ethical substance.

One possibility for the individual person is what he terms the "Noble Consciousness".  The other is the "Base" or "Ignoble Consciousness".  This is a very rich interplay that we're just seeing the start of in these first three videos, covering the initial six paragraphs in this section.  It has some definite historical connections - not always quite so easy to see in Hegel's narrative! - and it connects back up at multiple points with previous dialectical developments from the first three main parts of the work (and from earlier parts of Spirit).

Here are those first three videos:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Three Videos in New Sub-Section: Culture

We've started a new sub-section of Hegel's Phenomenology, with three new videos.  This new section is organized a bit differently - when you get down to the sub-structures - than the previous sections have been.

This first one, Culture, has to do with Spirit that has arrived at the state of being "self-alienated", estranged from itself.  We start out with the general introduction, spanning just three paragraphs.  Then, there is one single paragraph introducing the next subsection "The World of Self-Alienated Spirit.".  After that, we'll be launching into the "Culture and its Realm of Actuality" section, which is fairly long and definitely substantive.

Here are these next three videos:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hegel Party This Weekend! (Celebrating 200 Videos Completed)

It's time for another online Hegel Party!  This time the occasion is our passing another number milestone - we have produced and released 200 videos in the Half Hour Hegel series!

We'll be holding it through our FreeConferenceCall videoconferencing site - from 2-3 PM (Central Time) this Sunday, September 10.  I'll be toasting with some of our excellent local Milwaukee beer on my side of the screen, and you're welcome to toast the occasion with anything you like on your end (which, of course, you have to supply!)

Everyone is welcome - whether you are an avid reader of Hegel, or just curious about his work and thought!  I imagine the discussion will be fairly open-ended, with some people asking questions about Hegel or the project, others wanting to discuss some key ideas or applications of his philosophy, and some just wanting to listen in.

In my view, this really is something to celebrate!  I've devoted more than 3 1/2 years now to producing this lecture series - a video commentary, line by line, paragraph by paragraph - designed to help people worldwide make sense of one of the more difficult texts in philosophy - Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.

200 videos means 100 hours of actual video - and who knows how many hours invested in study, planning, shooting, and editing the videos!  We've made it though about 2/3 of the text - the Preface, Introduction, and the Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and Reason sections.  We're a good ways into the Spirit section as well.

I have to add that I'm immensely grateful for the financial support that people have shown me and the project - a few through paypal donations, and most through my Patreon page.  This entire project is crowdfunded by individuals who view it as providing a valuable public good.  And without their support, I likely wouldn't be able to afford to divert the time, energy, and thought required to see it though (since I earn my living as a philosopher in private practice, rather than as a traditional academic).

So join us to celebrate passing another important milestone in this long laborious path towards completing this innovative digital humanities project - I hope to see you there, toast the 200 video mark, and enjoy some conversation with you over the space of an hour!